Hey Family!! How's it going? Life in Graham is pretty good. We've had a much better week this week. We even had a baptism! It was exciting for several reasons. One, it was my first baptism of someone that I have taught. Two, it was the first baptism this ward has had in over a year. Three, he was SO ready! I'm bummed because I forgot my camera cord today, so I can't send you all the pictures! I'll send them next week. :) Anyway, when I first met Ben he was so ready to be baptized. He said to us, "I want to have everlasting life. The Bible says in order to have everlasting life, you have to follow Jesus Christ's example. He was baptized. I want to be baptized. When can I do that?" I almost fell over. He just needed to be taught the lessons and make some small changes in his life. His baptism was an amazing experience. There is a song we listen to a lot that says, "The sweetest sound I've ever loved to hear, is the sound of water running in the church. as someone I've come to love gets dressed in white I see their first glimpse of Heaven's light." It really is the sweetest sound, and it is the most amazing feeling to see someone you love so much get dressed in white and make that covenant with the Lord!
So as I was praying the other day, I felt very strongly that someone reading my email needed to read something very specific this week. So here goes. Please pay attention to how you feel as you watch this video and read the rest of the email. Have the courage to act on what you feel. :)
I would like to echo President Eyring in that I know that "someday" is too late. It will be hard to change things in your life, but when we stop saying "someday" and start following Christ TODAY, it will be worth it! You WILL feel of God's love.
But how do we start following Christ? We need to start with creating righteous habits in our lives. Habits will shape who you are. If we pray right when we wake up every morning, we are more likely to seek Heavenly Father's help throughout the day. If we study our scriptures in the morning, we will remember God's words in our struggles. Something that President Eaton always tells us is, "In order to help other people progress in the gospel, you have to be a progressing missionary." We should ALL be spiritually progressing. Complacency truly is of the devil. I have seen it ruin people on my mission. Please, DON'T BE COMPLACENT! Heavenly Father wants us to progress! That is the whole purpose of this life!
We learn in Alma 23 that some of the Lamanites are converted. In verse 7 they "did lay down the weapons of their rebellion, that they did not fight against God any more..." We all have weapons of rebellion. They may not be weapons of war like the Lamanites, but they are just as destructive! For me, these past few weeks I have had contention in my companionship as my main weapon. I have found myself saying, "Someday, I can love her." "When she's not my companion, I'll be able to love her." How rude and selfish of me! Someday is TOO LATE to make a change. We are not guaranteed tomorrow, or even the next hour. Resolve to change!
President Eaton has said, "There is happiness in spiritual progress." I invite you all to find that happiness that comes from being spiritually progressing by eliminating "someday" from your thinking. If you are "someday" going to pick up your scriptures and read, today is the day! If you are "someday" going to seek Heavenly Father in your life, today is that day! "Someday" is dangerous and destructive to our eternal progression! Don't put it off any longer! I promise that as you seek our Father in Heaven and choose to serve Him, you will become the person you are meant to become! You will find happiness and strength. You will become the child of God you are meant to be! I testify of these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.